November 13 - 17

Assignments listed here represent the "Plan" for the week.  Plans of course are subject to change as needed, so this should not be considered the last word on what will take place in class or will be assigned for homework.  When plans do change however, the changes will be reflected here (hopefully by the evening of the day in which they are known to exist).

  • Book project presentations begin in 3 weeks.

  • Students should bring their novel to class on Thursday for independent reading following the Bi-Weekly Assessment.

Ott Class Help Pass
clip and use for the week of
November 13

Students who need extra assistance on assigned work this week  may clip this pass and use it to see me Wednesday, and Thursday after school. 

Extra Help is available this week.

Students may use this pass to get help with assigned work
or to discuss Book Projects and Presentations.

Students without passes may not be permitted
to enter the
building before school.

8th Grade ELA  Classes Honors English Classes  (bottom half of this page.)

Monday - No After school tutorial today

  • Students will begin the class with a quick review of the evaluation rubric for book projects and presentations which will begin in 3 weeks.  The will look at the project and presentation that are about to be delivered and the relationship between the two will be briefly discussed.
  • Mr. Ott will then present a sample book project and presentation.  Students will evaluate both the project and evaluation using the given rubric.
  • The class will go through the evaluation rubric and discuss their observations.  The overall score will be calculated and discussed as well as other related considerations.

Homework: Students have new Dialectic Responses but no  Word Work due this week.   Also, students should make sure they have acquired my signature approving their book for their upcoming book project the first full week of December.  Students who have not begun their reading are letting themselves get gravely behind.  You can find all things related to book projects here and the presentation schedule here.

Tuesday - No After school tutorial today

  • Students will begin class with a brief examination of Standard RL 3.9.  Students will examine two stories today, a traditional eastern fable, "The Wise Men and the Elephant" and a modern variation of it, Ed Young's "Seven Blind Mice."
  • Students will reflect on several aspects of the fable before examining Ed Young's modern interpretation.
We will end class with a question examining a significant relationship between the two pieces.

Homework: Students have new Dialectic Responses but no  Word Work due this week.   Also, students should make sure they have acquired my signature approving their book for their upcoming book project the first full week of December.  Students who have not begun their reading are letting themselves get gravely behind.  You can find all things related to book projects here and the presentation schedule here.

Wednesday 

  • Students will continue their comparison of "The Wise Men and the Elephant" and "Seven Blind Mice."  They will begin class rereading the two selections.
  • Students will then collaboratively complete a Venn Diagram comparing the two selections.  Results will be reviewed for team points.
  • Students will then collaboratively complete 5 objective questions examining the relationship between the stories.  Results will be likewise be reviewed for team points and class will end with a recommended strategy for dealing with tomorrow's 3rd Bi-Weekly Assessment that will test Standard 3.9.

Homework: Students have new Dialectic Responses but no  Word Work due this week.   Also, students should make sure they have acquired my signature approving their book for their upcoming book project the first full week of December.  Students who have not begun their reading are letting themselves get gravely behind.  You can find all things related to book projects here and the presentation schedule here.

Thursday

  • Students will meet in the library for the third Bi-Weekly Assessment.
  • Students will be given remaining time for independent reading of their book project novels or for working on the Dialectical response that is due tomorrow.

Homework: Students have new Dialectic Responses but no  Word Work due this week.   Also, students should make sure they have acquired my signature approving their book for their upcoming book project the first full week of December.  Students who have not begun their reading are letting themselves get gravely behind.  You can find all things related to book projects here and the presentation schedule here.

Friday

  • Students will begin class with a quick review of the results from yesterday's Bi-Weekly assessment.
  • Students will be given remaining time to either work on grade recovery, complete their Dialectic Response, or read independently.

Homework:  Students should be working on the reading and the development of their book projects.  These will be presented one week after we return from the Thanksgiving Holiday.  You can find all things related to book projects here and the presentation schedule here.

Monday

  • Students will begin class with a brief examination of Standard RL 3.9.  Students will examine two stories today, a traditional eastern fable, "The Wise Men and the Elephant" and a modern variation of it, Ed Young's "Seven Blind Mice."
  • Students will reflect on several aspects of the fable before examining Ed Young's modern interpretation.
  • We will end class with a question examining a significant relationship between the two pieces.

Homework: Students have no new Word Work and a  Dialectic Responses due this week.  They should complete their reading of To Kill a Mockingbird by Wednesday.

Tuesday

  • Students will continue their comparison of "The Wise Men and the Elephant" and "Seven Blind Mice."  They will begin class rereading the two selections.
  • Students will then collaboratively complete a Venn Diagram comparing the two selections.  Results will be reviewed for team points.
  • Students will then collaboratively complete 5 objective questions examining the relationship between the stories.  Results will be likewise be reviewed for team points and class will end with a recommended strategy for dealing with tomorrow's 3rd Bi-Weekly Assessment that will test Standard 3.9.

HomeworkStudents have no new Word Work and a  Dialectic Responses due this week.  They should complete their reading of To Kill a Mockingbird by Tomorrow.

Wednesday 

  • Students will begin class with a quick look at the tool they will use to compare the novel to the movie.
  • Students will then begin viewing the 1962 version of "To Kill a Mockingbird" starring Gregory Peck.  This film was nominated for eight Academy Awards and received three.  It is listed by the American Film Institute as number 25 of the greatest American films of all time.

HomeworkStudents have no new Word Work and a  Dialectic Responses due this week.

Thursday

  • Students will meet in the library for the third Bi-Weekly Assessment.
  • If time remains following the assessment, we will continue our viewing of "To Kill a Mockingbird."

HomeworkStudents have no new Word Work and a  Dialectic Responses due this week.

Friday

  • Students begin class with brief review of significant differences they noticed between the book and and the movie.
  • Students will then continue our viewing of "To Kill a Mockingbird."

Homework:  Students who have completed all of their work this week have no additional homework.